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Duke Blue Devils Commit Tyus Jones Lands the Minnesota Gatorade POY Award

Tyus Jones NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Minnesota

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Tyus Jones was recently named the Gatorade player of the year in the state of Minnesota, and I noticed it thanks to the ever brilliant Jason Jordan of USA TODAY Sports. We will have to see if Jones lands the national award, but it would probably come as a surprise here at Rant Sports Prep.

Jones even gets praise from his opposing coaches, and that is when you can tell that a player is classy.

“Tyus Jones’ athletic accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Jeff Evens, a rival school’s head coach.. “He makes his teammates better. They work hard off the ball knowing that if they can get open, Tyus will get them the ball. When the game dictates, Tyus can take over a game with his scoring abilities driving or shooting from the perimeter. He is very difficult to defend with just one player.”

When you double-team Jones, then it definitely causes a lot of problems defensively. The Apple Valley (MN) guard is so good at recognizing weaknesses in the defense, and that is partly what coach Evens was talking about.

Jones’ college career is going to be under a bright spotlight, and it will be a joy to watch. Stay warm out there Chi-town, and, as always, will drop a little fortune cookie on you doorstep.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.

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